Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rinku Singh back to UP

A consistent performer in the domestic circuit, Rinku was handed a three-month suspension — starting from June 1 — for featuring in an unauthorised tournament in Abu Dhabi.

UP batsman Rinku Singh did not stop training in the period of suspension.   -  FILE PHOTO/ SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

 

After being suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for three months for featuring in an unauthorised tournament in Abu Dhabi, Rinku Singh is set to return to action.

The 21-year-old batsman has been named in the Uttar Pradesh squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy which begins from September 24.

A consistent performer in the domestic circuit, Rinku was handed a three-month suspension — starting from June 1 — for violating BCCI’s rules. But as another season begins, Rinku is hoping to start afresh. “My only target is to play well and score as many runs as possible. I have been working hard for that,” Rinku told Sportstar.

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Rinku, who has played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, never stopped training during the tough phase. “I did not take a break from cricket. In the last three months, I have trained hard and it will reflect on my performances. I am looking forward to the season.”

“Whatever has happened has happened. I have learned from my mistake and it’s time to move on,” he added.

Last year, India international Suresh Raina had captained the side in the one-dayers. But the senior pro — who underwent a knee surgery recently — is uncertain for the season. In his absence, Samarth Singh will step up as the captain.

Young pace guns Shivam Mavi and Ankit Rajpoot will bolster the bowling department. Former India spinner Sunil Joshi is the coach for the season.

Uttar Pradesh will start its campaign in Vadodara on September 25.

The Squad

Samarth Singh (Captain), Almas Shaukat, Abhishek Goswami, Akshdeep Nath, Rinku Singh, Hardeep Singh, Upendra Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Shivam Mavi, Mohsin Khan, Mohit Jangra, Saurabh Kumar, Shanu Saini, Ankit Chaudhary, Mukesh Kumar